Siblings of Adults With Schizophrenia: Expectations About Future Caregiving Roles


Silvio Conte Center, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Campus Box 8134, 660 South Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110. E-mail:


Sibling expectations to provide future instrumental or emotional support for a brother or sister with schizophrenia when parents became disabled or died were examined. Data came from a sample of 137 siblings participating in a longitudinal study of aging families of adults with schizophrenia. Early socialization experiences, the quality of the sibling relationship, and personal caregiver gains propel siblings toward a future caregiving role, whereas geographic distance and beliefs about the controllability of psychiatric symptoms reduce expectations of future involvement.